/Source Dunwoody Nature Center

The Dunwoody Nature Center has been awarded a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation that will go toward restoring the center’s central meadow.

The $19,700 grant will be combined with matching funds and services from community partners in the amount of $30,460, to total just over $50,000 for the project, Nature Center representatives said in a press release.

The meadow, which routinely houses attractions like outdoor concerts and school field trips, has been in disrepair due to years of erosion from storm water runoff, according to the release. The funds will be used to re-grade the meadow and install a tiered rain garden system for storm water collection.

“As part of its community outreach, the Nature Center will develop programming around the project to teach students about the effects and prevention of erosion,” the release said.

The Nature Center, which was organized in 1990, provides environmental education to kids and families through tours, classes, and special programs like the annual Butterfly Festival. Community partners like the city of Dunwoody and the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, who donated a total of $30,460 for the meadow restoration project, are an integral part of the center’s support system.

Groundbreaking for the meadow restoration project will occur on Aug. 18 following this year’s Butterfly Festival. The Dunwoody Nature Center will also host a community celebration when the project is finished, which representatives estimate will be in late September.